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Running as a hobby
Posted 17 July 2018 - 06:32 AM
As for the food thing, I'm with you! There really is no need to massively alter diet at all for long distance running. Just eating normally with a bit more emphasis on carbs for energy is fine...maybe slightly larger portion sizes than when you're not training. I don't understand why people would chow down on protein bars at the expense of actual food, especially as protein is the most beneficial for recovery and muscle growth. Not energy. As for hydration gels... They are totally unnecessary. Unless your looking at doing full marathon/ultra marathon distance...then you may need the electrolytes. But they're basically a needless consumer product neatly marketed at fitness people.
Posted 18 July 2018 - 12:10 PM
There was at least one control freak in the van, too, so I had a few concerns about possible eating disorders, but really, I don't like to speculate on that stuff much. They do run in my husband's family, though, so I tend to notice the warning signs.
Otherwise, I did get along with everyone very well. The others have all said this was the best van experience they ever had, and I will say that no one had weird dirty habits, no loud music, or anything like that, so I probably did pretty well if getting hangry was my only annoyance. The unofficial results say that we finished right at about the 50%ile, so very happy with that.
Thinking about a 1k or Beat the Blerch with my daughter. She's a little competitive like mom, so if we do a 5k, she's going to get pissed if she gets tired and has to walk.
Posted 18 July 2018 - 02:07 PM
I had never heard of this thing until seeing your posts on Strava (or maybe it was FB... or both?). Sounds awesome!
I'm getting my fat ass back into it. It's been a rough summer, as I've only run about 3 times since late May. But if I'm gonna do the Monumental in early November I should probably start to ramp up...